Lima, Peru

  • Lima has a considerable archaeological, historical, and cultural past.
  • Located in the desert between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Lima slopes from the shores of the Pacific Ocean into valleys and mountains.
  • Hailed as the Gastronomical Capital of the Americas, Lima is known for its Creole food, Chifas, and Cevicherias.
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City of Kings

Lima, the capital of Peru and the second largest desert capital city after Cairo in Egypt, is the main transportation center for the entire nation. While most tourists quickly pass through Lima on their way to Cusco or Machu Picchu, many are sticking around for a few days to admire the eclectic Peruvian attractions. An ambitious culinary scene, contemporary and innovative art galleries, and historic sights are putting Lima on the map for being more than just a stopover city. The weather is mild, the people are friendly, the food is incredible, and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean are one of a kind. 

Quick Facts

  • Suggestesd Airport
    Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
  • Dish of the City
  • Climate
    Mild Desert
  • Fifth Largest City
    in South America
  • Metro Population
    10 million

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity

  • An Indigenous Cultural Legacy

    Rich in archaeological, historical, and cultural antiquity, Lima is home to South America’s highest concentration of world-class museums. Cultural highlights include natural history, science, religion, and art. You’ll need more than a day to discover the rich collections of Peruvian past. If you’re short on time we recommend the following museums at the very least.

    Larco Museum. Regarded as one of the greatest and most unique museums in Lima, Larco Museum is an 18th-century colonial mansion. Check out the impressive collection of 3,000 years of ceramics, gold, and silver. Oh, and don’t miss the mummies.

    National Museum of Archaeology. Anthropology and History. Located in a colonial building on Plaza Bolivar, MNAAHP is the oldest museum in Peru. Perfectly preserved pre-Hispanic ceramics and textiles are proudly on display.

    MATE, Mario Testino museum. Permanently featuring work of Peruvian photographer, Mario Testino, MATE is also dedicated to showcasing local Peruvian artists through temporary exhibitions.

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Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Lima Vacation

    Lima’s climate is reminiscent of typical Mild Desert conditions. Temperatures range between mild and warm. Summer months are considered to be December through April and winter from June through October. Humidity levels tend to run high, particularly in the mornings. However, chances are pretty good you won’t be needing your raincoat. Lima experiences little precipitation throughout the year.


Map of Lima, Peru

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